Dr Stephen Atherton

BA (Hons) Geography & Education, MA, PhD (Aberystwyth), PGCTHE (Aberystwyth), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Dr Stephen Atherton

Senior Lecturer

School of Education

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Stephen received a 1st class degree BA (Hons) in Geography and Education, and was awarded funding by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for an MA (passed with distinction) and Doctorate (awarded in 2011), all at Aberystwyth University. Stephen was awarded a PGCTHE in 2012 and is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


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Stephen's research has predominantly been in areas of gender and the military from which he has drawn key educational, geographical and sociological themes. His research has particularly focused on areas such as home and the family, emotions and memory, children's access to education and services, and adult education and training. Throughout these themes Stephen has engaged with a critical analysis of the social construction of gender, with specific emphasis on how masculinities are performed from a cultural repertoire of identities that are temporally and spatially contingent.

Stephens research is now developing into a number of strands, including;

  • The productions and performances of gendered identities in young children
  • Technology and pedagogy
  • Skills development in Higher Education
  • Adult Education and training
  • Children in Army families.


Erbas, C & Atherton, S 2020, 'A Content Analysis of Augmented Reality Studies Published in 2017', Journal of Learning and Teaching in Digital Age, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 7-15.
Titley, E, Davies, AJ & Atherton, S 2020, '‘Nid yw wedi’i fwriadu i gael ei asesu yn y ffordd rydyn ni’n asesu’: Ailfeddwl am asesu ar gyfer cymhwyster yng nghyddestun gweithredu’r Cwricwlwm i Gymru', Curriculum Journal, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. e133-e147. 10.1002/curj.53
Titley, E, Davies, AJ & Atherton, S 2020, '‘[It] isn’t designed to be assessed how we assess’: Rethinking assessment for qualification in the context of the implementation of the Curriculum for Wales', Curriculum Journal, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 303-316. 10.1002/curj.36
Atherton, S 2017, 'Using Virtual Reality Headsets in Learning and Teaching', Paper presented at AU Learning and Teaching Conference, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 10 Jul 2017 - 12 Jul 2017.
Atherton, SJ 2016, Researching Military Men. in AJ Williams, N Jenkings, R Woodward & MF Rech (eds), The Routledge Companion to Military Research Methods. Routledge Handbooks, Taylor & Francis, pp. 243-255.
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